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Bidvest Facilities Management Launches Energy Management Solution

Bidvest Facilities Management, a premier provider of end-to-end facilities management solutions, participated in the ninth annual Green Buildings Council South Africa (GBCSA) convention which took place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 26 – 28 July 2016.

The company joined like-minded businesses where it showcased its energy management solution, which augments its existing utilities management offering. The newly launched energy management solution is aimed at providing more efficient energy usage resulting in reduced utilities bills.

‘Build a better world NOW’ was the theme of the convention this year, which was aimed at stimulating awareness, ambition and action to design, build and operate better buildings.

Dr David Leslie, CEO at Bidvest Facilities Management comments, “We cannot continue ignoring the negative environmental impact around us, and it said that buildings are one of the main contributors to climate change, and this requires industry to begin using resources efficiently to address the impacts of climate change. Our utilities and energy management solution aims to do exactly this.”

This solution has a range of features that include utilities account analysis, verification and optimisation; tariff & supply capacity analysis and optimisation; energy assessments, energy business case development; turnkey energy project delivery, as well as measurement and verification of energy and water savings. In addition, the solution enables an analysis of energy usage trends and identification of utilities cost optimisation initiatives.

Onisms Manyewe, head of energy at Bidvest Facilities Management, says that the solution comprises a software system at its heart, which is used to capture both financial and technical data. “This software processes data and shows trend analysis. All the tariffs are programmed into this software system affording the customer insight into present consumption and any flags indicating how the bill could have deviated from the general trend,” explains Manyewe.

“Our partnership with our sister company, Bidvest Electrical allows us to offer automated remote metering and reporting. This collaboration ensures differentiation and strength of our offering. Moreover, as a registered energy services company with Eskom, there are great savings and benefits for customers and their bottom line, as our solutions ensure productivity in the environments they operate in,” he says.

“As an added value, we install and conduct an ongoing operation of meters, and carry out metering audits to check it these meters are suitable,” comments Manyewe.

The utilities and energy management solution has been implemented at one of SA’s leading telecoms operations and shown excellent results. According to Manyewe, this solutions is now available to the broader market as it has proven cost and environmental benefits.

The Bidvest Facilities Management utilities and energy management solution provides clients with benefits that include; accurate billing & cost savings, efficient resource usage, carbon footprint reduction and compliance with regard to governance and risk management.

Bidvest Facilities Management is a member of the GBCSA and has various international certifications to validate its position and service offering. The company has certified energy managers; certified measurement and verification professionals; auditors, and accredited professionals.